I have never had to make sharp corners before. This was my first attempt. Not bad but thank God it wasn't a wedding cake. Working on a square Redsox cake now....hopefully my skills will improve each time.
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can someone tell me what they would have charged? I really am no good at this and not going to tell you what I charged It is a 10" layer of chocolate fudge cake (I cheated and used boxed)sandwiched between 2 layers of Chocolate wasc (replaced water with coffee), Whipped chocolate ganache, Italian Meringue with Loranns Princess flavoring. Plastic cap was about $1.50 and the other decorations are modeling chocolate/buttercream. I am trying to get my name out there so I am starting cheaper but still making a profit. I feel I am charging for my experience level...but at some point I need to raise my prices. I think I will do that by the end of the summer after I have proven myself, finished getting my license/insurance which I am in the process of now...after Ifinished that one I started a REDSOX one for tomorrow and 2 dozen cupcakes for Sat...working my arse off for not enuf!!
Based on your experience level, I would say $50-$60. That's not much over the cost of ingredients, but give it time. Many will say don't charge too little just to "make a name for yourself," but sometimes it works to do things that way. Just don't undercharge to the point of losing money on ingredients.
For the first year selling cakes, I charged very little. Now I am getting what I feel is market value, and it's referrals/word of mouth only (with a little one I can't make too many cakes). I also feel like i am making my cakes more quickly, so my time is being compensated. That wasn't always the case...it used to take me forever to do a simple design. I am not planning on getting rich making cakes, but it's a nice little supplement.
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.......... layer of chocolate fudge cake (I cheated and used boxed..........
*What!?* do you mean cheated?? Using a box mix is NOT cheating in any way, shape or form!
........sandwiched between 2 layers of Chocolate wasc (replaced water with coffee),..........
See, a box mix is used to make WASC. Coffee does improve/kick up the choco flavor.
As for how much to charge, that depends on where you live. Pricing varies all over the place depending if you are in a big city or small town or out in the boonies :)
From your description you used 3+ mixes to make a 10x4"(? it must have been taller than 4" using 3 layers) so I say you should have charges no less than $3.50 a serving. A 10x4 should serve 50 so total should have been no less than $175.
You did an excellent job on it. Very, very nice :) I'd say based on this example you are very talented and can ask for higher prices.
This one was a lot of fun. Of course I am not completely happy with it but the customer is and that is what matters. Thanks everyone for your comments and support! Next...beachy cuppies.